Baseball is back! The first series of the second half brings the Dodgers to Chase Field in Arizona. They faced Snake southpaw Patrick Corbin, who was looking for his first win at home. Bud Norris took the bump for the Blue.
Things to watch for: How Yasiel Puig‘s game is affected (or not) by the trade rumors that swirled around him during the break.
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After two strikeouts, Justin Turner picked up where he left off with a bomb to center field to score the Dodgers’ first run of the season’s second half. 1-0
3rd inning Dodgers 1-0
Bud Norris on with help from an error by Jake Lamb.
Corey Seager blasted a double to advance Norris to third.
JT hit a grounder that Lamb bumbled for his second error of the inning, allowing Norris to bring home the second Dodgers run. 2-0
They put together a couple of singles and a huge error ( the Snakes scorekeeper allowed a triple, but I rule error) by Scott Van Slyke in right field allowed the tying run to score. 2-2
The following batter hit an RBI single to put the Snakes ahead 3-2
Side note: During this inning Twitter started lighting up about some shiny substance on Bud Norris’ arm. Did he have an illegal substance abuse problem? If he did, it sure didn’t help him out.
4th inning Snakes 3-2
Back to back singles by SVS and Yasmani Grandal opened the inning.
Chris Taylor blasted a gapper to score both. Score that a (legitimate) triple. 4-3
Howie Kendrick followed with an RBI single. 5-3
After that, Corbin managed to load the bases with two out for Yasiel Puig.
Base hit to center!
Two runs scored, but Puig was thrown out trying to stretch it into a two-bagger. 7-3
5th inning Dodgers 7-3
Chris Taylor got his second extra-base hit of the night with a double down the left field line.
Norris followed up with a single into left field to score Taylor. 8-3
With two out, Jake Lamb knocked in Paul Goldschmidt with a single. 8-4
6th inning Dodgers 8-4
JT hit by pitch! Looked like a borderline accident. Warnings were immediately issued.
Base hits by Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig loaded the bases with no out.
SVS and Grandal gave up two weak strike outs.
Chris Taylor stepped up and absolutely CRUSHED one for a Grand Salami!! 12-4
Norris out. Pedro Baez in. 1,2,3, job done.
7th inning Dodgers 12-4
Baez out. Casey Fien in.
Fien gave the home crowd something to cheer for by giving up a solo home run. 12-5
Fien then gave up another homer, this time to Goldschmit, with one on. 12-7
Fien out, J.P. Howell in. Job done.
8th inning Dodgers 12-7
Chris Taylor came up with the cycle on the line. He tried to bunt, but he pushed it out too far at the pitcher, and he was thrown out.
9th inning Dodgers 12-7
Kendrick walked. Turner singled. Then Yasiel Puig came up with an RBI single. 13-7
Dodgers Win! 13-7
It was 110 degrees in Phoenix today, but the Dodgers’ bats were even hotter. Every starter got at least one hit, and scored at least one run.
Chris Taylor was the big offensive story tonight, with a double, triple, and a grand slam in his first three at bats. Taylor was the first Los Angeles Dodger to hit a grand slam for his first major league homer. He was also trying to be the first Dodger to hit for the cycle since the O-dog, Orlando Hudson, but it wasn’t in the cards.
Puig Watch: Puig began the night with two strikeouts. Before the game was over, he had a walk, three hits and three RBIs.
More good news: The hated ones lost. Dodgers 5 1/2 games back.
Bud Norris (W 5-7) went 5 innings with 8 hits, 4 runs, 0 walks, 5 Ks ERA 4.17
Triple: Chris Taylor
Doubles: Taylor, Seager
Home runs: Chris Taylor, Justin Turner
Team with RISP: 7 for 19